Narrative “Bildungsroman” Assignment

As part of a unit study of To Kill a Mockingbird, class members relate their own stories of experiences that gave them insight into themselves and that inspired them to grow as a person.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide class members with model narrative essays, perhaps one of your own
Classroom Considerations

  • Writers should have experience crafting personal narratives and familiarity with the writing process
  • Designed as a companion to a reading of To Kill A Mockingbird
Pros

  • The assignment draws readers' attention to the idea that To Kill a Mockingbird is an example of a bildungsroman
Cons

  • While a checklist of what should be included in the essay is provided, no rubric accompanies the assignment sheet
Common Core